Jon Lester pulled from Cubs-Pirates game with hamstring tightness

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The Cubs got off to a fast start in their home opener against the Pirates today, leaping out to a 6-0 lead with a six-run second inning. Things got bad to start the third, however, as starter Jon Lester was pulled from the game with an apparent injury.

Lester went to an 2-0 count to the first batter he faced in the third, at which point Joe Maddon and team trainers came out to the mound, apparently thinking something was not quite right. Lester must’ve convinced them he was fine as he stayed in the game, but after one more ball, a get-me-over strike and then giving up a single, Maddon pulled Lester from the game.

Jordan Bastian, the Cubs beat writer for MLB.com tweeted that something looked “off” with Lester’s finish on his pitching in the inning and wonders if Lester, who ran the bases and slid twice during the Cubs’ six-run inning, may have hurt himself.

We will obviously update you when we know what’s what.

UPDATE: The Cubs just announced that it was left hamstring tightness:

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.